STOCKHOLM: April 6, 2017. Swedish technology designer Einride has created an electric, self-driving “cargo with wheels” vehicle called a ‘T-pod’ that can be remotely controlled by a driver.
Set for prototype testing this year, the company said its new vehicle has a cargo capacity of 15 standard pallets, a total weight of 20 tons, a length of 23 feet and a range of 124 miles on one charge.
The T-pods are intended to replace “heavy, noisy trucks with monstrous emissions and bad working conditions to emission-free, noise reduced trucks that allow workers to operate on a standard schedule closer to home,” according to a statement.
Einride said it will begin operations between Gothenburg and Helsingborg, Sweden and the first active system will cover a capacity of 2,000,000 pallets per year. The company goal is to operate 200 T-pods by 2020.
The Swedish company is also developing a remote driving system, charging stations and a relevant infrastructure: “Einride is transforming the existing transport chain from the ground up, “ said COO Filip Lilja.
“The big companies behind long haul trucks keep building bigger trucks to increase efficiency, which ultimately means even more emissions. We are changing that by creating a secure solution that is, not only cost effective, but dramatically minimizes the negative environmental impact of the transportation industry.”
Einride claims its system benefits the environment, improves road safety, creates new jobs and provides more cost-efficient transport for shippers.
Einride founder and CEO Robert Falck (pictured, right) said his vision is to enhance the lives of all people through the delivery of a global, impact-positive supply chain infrastructure: “We don’t believe our work is done when we’ve achieved carbon neutrality,” he explained.
“Our design process is driven by our goal to have a net positive impact – whether that’s improving the lives of transport workers or reducing road traffic accidents, every element of our system aims to have a measurable positive impact on the planet.”